“Wi-Fi streaming is great, but audiophiles know that streaming comes at the cost of sound quality,” said Bryan Strachota, national brand manager for OSD’s parent company Audio Gear Group. “Our SRT Series bypasses the tiny digital-to-analog converters in smartphones and tablets and uses its own, more robust converter, so you’ll hear the sonic nuances so sorely missed with standard streaming.”
Denon’s approach to its lower/mid-range AV receivers is to lay on the features and deliver crowd-pleasing sonics. It’s a winning combination, improved by its attention to ease-of-use. The Denon AVR-X2600H is an accomplished all-rounder that’s hard to find fault with (beyond its seven-channel limit and a few streaming omissions), and is a fine option for cinematic audio and music alike. The differences with last year’s model are too limited to require upgrading, though.
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